Another trip across the Atlantic turned into another failure for the Americans in the Ryder Cup. At least on paper. What emerged that Sunday night after their 16½-11½ loss to Europe four years ago in Scotland was enough frustration, mainly from Phil Mickelson, to overhaul a broken system. It brought Mickelson and Tiger Woods closer together in the search for a winning formula. It led to players having more input in picking their captain and forming their team. The hope was that it would create more continuity. And for one Ryder Cup, it seemed to work.Every player contributed at least one point for the first time since 1975 in a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine in Minnesota in 2016, the widest margin for the Americans in 35 years. Now comes the real test. The 42nd Ryder Cup matches are Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National outside Paris, and U.S. captain Jim Furyk is well aware that Europe has not lost at home since 1993, the year Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau were … [Read more...] about Americans try to end 25-year Ryder Cup drought in Europe
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ATLANTA (AP) — Keegan Bradley was never more nervous than the moments before his Ryder Cup debut. He had the opening tee shot in foursomes at Medinah against Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald, a European tandem that had never lost in four matches against some of America’s best players. “I was worried I would not be able to hit the ball,” Bradley said. At least he had the calming influence of his partner, Phil Mickelson, the most experienced American on the team. Calming?“Phil walks over to me and says, “Listen, I don’t want an 8- or a 9-iron into this green. I want a sand wedge,’” Bradley said. “It made me laugh, and I absolutely hammered that drive. He had a sand wedge and we made birdie.” Mickelson is 48, the oldest player on the U.S. team that travels to France to try to end 25 years of losing the Ryder Cup on European soil. He is No. 25 in the world, the lowest ranking of the 12 Americans on the team. He has one victory … [Read more...] about Mickelson gets a final try at winning Ryder Cup in Europe
Victorious Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn claimed on Sunday that his players made it easy for him to steer them towards a stunning 171/2 - 101/2 triumph at Le Golf National. He said: "The way that the 12 of them have just joined up together as a team and the way they looked after each other and been there for each other throughout the whole week made captaincy pretty easy. "There was a little moment in the middle of it all where I was getting a little bit worried, but then everybody stood up and did their bit. "I can't describe how I feel about these 12. They have been amazing from day one, and I'm just so proud of them. "Some played five matches and some played two, but they all contributed. "We worked as a team and we knew we were up against very strong opponents. But we went out on the golf course and believed in ourselves and what we stand for as a team. "We never, ever looked towards their team, about what they were about. We were about us as a team and what we did. … [Read more...] about Thomas Bjorn explains how Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes made his captaincy ‘easy’
ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — It was perhaps the last shot of Phil Mickelson’s long and often humbling Ryder Cup career. And after it splashed down in the water next to the 16th hole at Le Golf National, the Ryder Cup was officially back where it has so often belonged. European union may be increasingly elusive, but Europe’s golfers continue to have no problem setting aside cultural differences and equaling more than the sum of their parts. They were collectively brilliant again in France, and their 17½-10½ victory allowed Europe to reclaim the trophy the Americans won in 2016. It was Europe’s seventh victory in the last nine Ryder Cups, and it has won six straight at home, dating to 1997. This time, every European player accounted for at least one point as their team lost only one of the five sessions. Mickelson and Tiger Woods failed to win a single point for the United States, with Mickelson going 0-2 and Woods 0-4. To call it an upset … [Read more...] about Ryder Cup 2018: Europe Again Defends Its Soil Against the U.S.
ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The last time the United States won a Ryder Cup on the road, Davis Love III was a fresh-faced American rookie instead of a savvy two-time captain, and Ian Poulter, the future leader of the European team, was a teenage fan spending his nights in a tent. It was 1993, when holding a Ryder Cup in Europe still meant holding it in Britain. But the event has broken free of its traditional moorings in earnest now, as this week’s landing in the Paris suburbs makes clear. The Ryder Cup and France seem an odd marriage at first — and second — glance: The French would much rather watch soccer or play tennis than obsess over a three-day team golf competition. (And aren’t the British leaving the European Union soon, anyway?) The Cup is here on the Continent in search of new audiences and sustained momentum, and it will be back in 2022, pitching its merchandise tents at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome. By then, the … [Read more...] about Many Changes in the Ryder Cup Over 25 Years, and the Americans Seek One More